During Black History month please join us in the heart of the Fillmore, the Harlem of the West, for a ceremony honoring Fr. Augutus Tolton. Born a slave in Missouri, Fr. Tolton was the first African American man who could not “pass as white” to become a Catholic priest in 1886 and may become the first African American saint. Deacon Charles McNeil presides in a short ceremony blessing a devotional image of Fr. Tolton painted by local artist, Sally K. Green, who has a painting of St. Dominic de Guzman hanging here at St. Dominic’s in the Siena Room. The tribute will include a reflection on Fr. Tolton’s life story by Tolton enthusiast Debbe Kennedy. Jazz vocalist, Ernest East, will lead us in several authentic 19th century African American spirituals that Fr. Tolton would have known. Please join us for this blessing ceremony and prayers for Fr. Tolton’s canonization which will begin its next phase in February 2019 when the theological commission at the Vatican will begin to determine whether he will advance to the status of Venerable. Reception in Siena Room to follow. All are welcome!